Jerwood Solo Presentations 2020

Emii Alrai, Freya Dooley and Bryony Gillard

New works by Emii Alrai, Freya Dooley and Bryony Gillard presented as three concurrent solo presentations in the galleries. Jerwood Solo Presentations provides a platform for artists to present a new and focused body of work, developed with support from the Jerwood Arts team. The selected artists have been identified as being at a crucial point in their thinking and have been selected for the high quality of their work to date.

Now in its fifth edition, Jerwood Solo Presentations showcases new work by three early-career UK-based artists, each taking over one of the three gallery spaces for their first major solo presentation in London. It offers a much needed platform for early-career artists to make and show new work. Supported by Jerwood Arts, the initiative aims to foster and develop potentially influential artists who are at critical stages in their career as well as highlighting the value of research-based practice.

The 2020 Jerwood Solo Presentations artists have been selected by the Jerwood Arts team: Harriet Cooper, Head of Visual Art (interim) and Lauren Houlton, Gallery Manager.

Emii Alrai is based in Leeds. Her work is informed by inherited nostalgia, historical identity and post-colonial museum practices of collecting and displaying objects. Through sculpture and installation, Alrai weaves narratives from oral histories and ancient mythologies from the Middle East, forging artefacts and visualising residues of cultural collisions.

Freya Dooley is based in Cardiff. Writing is at the centre of her practice, which encompasses unstable narratives, moving image and soundtracks. Recent projects have manifested as intimate installations, visual essays, spoken performances, listening events, collaborative fictions, publications and other printed matter. Her work often operates in anxious states: attempts to articulate an inside-turned-out. Seemingly disparate narratives interweave through meandering observations, pop-culture references, literary structures and fictionalised experiences. She is interested in the potential and limitations of the ‘voice’, and her current research relates to attention, characterisation, and forms of ventriloquism.

Bryony Gillard is a based in Bristol. Situated between writing, workshops, performance, video and exhibition making, her work reflects upon events, approaches and ideas that refuse to be pinned down or categorised. Through a process of both uncovering and layering influences, histories and conversations, her work attempts to create a space for genealogies of intersectional feminist practice that are elusive, messy and entangled in contemporary concerns.